Interviewers ask many questions about your ability to do your job, what skills you bring to the table, and how you act in certain situations. They may also ask how well you work with others. Teamwork is critical for most workplace environments, but how do you communicate that you’re a team player in an interview? Here are a few ways to answer the questions to demonstrate your teamwork abilities.
Showcasing Your Teamwork Abilities
Choose Relevant Examples
Teamwork can be challenging to describe in an interview, so your focus should be developing relevant examples. Some may be based on the specific questions you’re asked. For instance, if the interviewer says, “Tell me about a time when you had to work with someone you didn’t get along with. How did you handle that situation?” You can choose a relevant example that showcases how you put aside your differences to accomplish the goals.
Use Positive, Active Language
Always use positive language when discussing teamwork. By focusing on the negative, you’re sending the wrong message to your potential employer and giving them a reason to avoid considering you as a candidate. Don’t speak poorly about your former coworkers. And when talking about your work, use active language to show that you were a crucial part of the success.
Share Data and Numbers
As much as possible, share data that illustrates what you’ve done in the past. For example, if you worked with a team to develop a solution to a recurring problem, let the interviewer know how much time and money your contribution saved the company by implementing that process.
Provide Diverse Examples
You also want to share multiple examples that show your ability to work with people in many different situations. This doesn’t just mean working with people who have different backgrounds from you, though that is also important. Use examples from multiple sources, including volunteering or education, to show you can work in any team.
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